360 View over Paris from the Eiffel Tower - FURTHER INFORMATION
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The Eiffel Tower is the most popular tourist attraction in Paris and the most-visited paid monument on earth. Built in 1887-1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World's Fair, it has attracted over 200 million visitors with almost 7 million tourist visiting it each year.
Eiffel Tower - Facts
The Eiffel Tower is 324m tall, the height of an 81 story building.
On opening in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure on earth, a position it retained until the building of the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930.
The Eiffel Tower weighs 10,000 tonnes, 7,300 tonnes of which is the iron structure.
The tower is made of 18,038 pieces of puddled iron which are held together by two and a half million rivets and took 300 workers to construct.
Only one worker died during the construction of the Eiffel Tower, a remarkable achievement at the time.
Thermal expansion of metal facing the sun on sunny days can cause the shaded side to tilt away from the sun by up to 18cm.
It is the second-tallest structure in France after the 2004 Millau Viaduct.
50 to 60 tonnes of paint are used on the Eiffel Tower every seven years to protect it from rust.
The Eiffel Tower was only meant to stand for 20 years and was due for demolition in 1909.
Visiting the Eiffel Tower
Being the most visited attraction in Paris, queues for the Eiffel Tower get very long even from early in the day. The tower has 3 levels, the lower tow accessible by stairs or lift, the upper one only accessible by lift. Tickets are purchased at the base of the pylons for both stair and lift access. There are 300 steps between the ground and first, and the first and second levels.
On the first level (95m high) is the 'Altitude 95' restaurant. On the second level is the 'Jules Verne' restaurant, which is very expensive.
Tour Eiffel 5 avenue Anatole France Champ de Mars 75007 Paris